DURHAM, N.H. - Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) shot 6-of-10 from the field, including six baskets behind the three-point line to lead the University of New Hampshire past Boston University, 63-54, in men's basketball Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The win against the Terriers was the first for the Wildcats since January 2, 2001, breaking an 11-game win streak against New Hampshire.
The Terriers were just 17-of-54 in field goals and 2-of-21 from 3-point range. New Hampshire finished shooting 18-of-36 from the field and 10-of-20 behind the arc.
The Wildcats opened the game with a 9-0 lead before Shaun Wynn put the Terriers on the board with a lay up at 15:42. New Hampshire held BU to 17 points in the first half, the lowest scored by a UNH opponent in a half this season. At the half, the Wildcats were ahead 32-17.
The Terriers began the second half on a 9-0 run as New Hampshire was called for six fouls during the first three and a half minutes of the second stanza. Janev broke up the run with a 3-pointer at 16:09. BU continued to stay close as Kevin Gardner scored 23 of his 26 points in the second half. With New Hampshire over its foul limit just under the 10-minute mark, the Terriers took advantage, shooting 14-of-20 at the free throw line.
With 3:26 remaining, Brian Macon drained a 3-pointer to pull the Terriers to within four. The Wildcats answered back in their next possession when Janev sank his sixth 3-pointer at 2:53. Jamaal Caterina (Portland, Maine) added a lay up and free throw to boost New Hampshire's lead to 10 (53-43).
Corey Hassan added two free throws for BU with 1:40 on the clock. He added three more after a foul was called on Janev on a 3-point attempt at the 57-second mark to close the Wildcat lead to five (55-50). Free throw shooting from Janev, Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) and Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) helped protect the lead for New Hampshire in the final minute of the game.
New Hampshire (8-13, 5-5 America East stays home to host University of Maryland-Baltimore County Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Ticket information is available online at www.unhwildcats.com/tickets or by calling 1-866-WILDCAT.